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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s genericclomid.net leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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ARCA reaches landmark 2,000 CSCS cards

Today the Association issued the 2,000th CSCS card, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

The 2,000th CSCS card was a blue skilled worker card for an asbestos removal operative, and was made available as a physical and virtual card.

“This is an amazing number of cards issued. We only started issuing CSCS cards for operatives in August 2017, and now offer a comprehensive range of ARMI Skills cards,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Our staff deliver an excellent service, supporting the applicants and processing applications in just four working days.”

The Association offers the full range of CSCS cards for individuals working in the licensed asbestos management industry to gain access to construction sites.

Asbestos Removal Operatives can gain temporary red cards, Trained and Experienced worker, and a blue skilled worker card.

Asbestos Removal Supervisors can apply for temporary red cards, Trained and Experienced worker, and a gold supervisor card.

Asbestos Removal Managers can obtain temporary red cards, Trained and Experienced worker, and a black manager card.

Information on all CSCS cards, together with application forms is available at www.arca.org.uk

ARCA receives Centre of Excellence Award from RSPH

On behalf of the Association, Steve Sadley and Satish Patel, were delighted to accept the Centre of Excellence Award yesterday at the RSPH Hygeia Awards 2019 event in London.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Centre of Excellence Award recognises centres which show commitment to their learners through high levels of teaching and support, alongside proven high pass rates.

“This is a superb acknowledgement from RSPH and a tremendous boost the team delivering the RSPH qualifications,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “The teams’ commitment in supporting our candidates is recognised by this award. When supported well, candidates perform well.”

ARCA receives RSPH Award Sept 2019

“ARCA and RSPH have been working together for over 15 years to support the asbestos management industry. I believe one reason that our working relationship is very strong is that we share the same values of excellence and integrity,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“On behalf of the industry I would like to acknowledge the huge input made by ARCA and RSPH to support us. They listen and take on board what we say, and have developed strong qualifications that we, operating in a hazardous and highly regulated industry, really need,” stated Scott Murray, Member of the ARCA Governing Council and Chair of the ARCA Training Committee.



ARCA claims over £26,000 in CITB grants for members

ARCA, an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with CITB, can support members(i) who have undertaken recognised training courses with the Association, by claiming CITB grants on their behalf.

Recently, ARCA contacted all asbestos removal contractor members who pay the CITB Levy requesting information for all the candidates who had undertaken a ‘short duration course’ with ARCA, during the period April 2018 to 19 August 2019.(ii) All information gathered from members was then uploaded directly into the CITB IT System.

The eligible short duration courses attract grants of £30, £70 or £120 per candidate. Although a £30 grant for a candidate undertaking an operative refresher course may not seem a huge sum, these grants add up.

ARCA claimed over £26,000 in grants for members, based on candidates who successfully completed short duration courses between April 2018 – 19 August 2019.

Supporting members going forward, the team at ARCA will process ‘short duration course’ grant claims every month for members throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Members(i) can also claim a ‘short period qualification’ grant, for individuals who achieve an NVQ or the Level 4 Contract Managers qualification.


Further information on these CITB grants is available on the ARCA website

(i) ARCA members that have a CITB Levy Number or registered to CITB for grants can make claims

(ii) At time of publishing this news piece

ARCA a Keynote Speaker at Contamination Expo

At this year’s Contamination Expo, ARCA will be discussing how clients see membership of a trade association as a safeguard and what the Association does to meet this expectation.

During the seminar, Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will highlight the role of the Association and how it continues to drive high standards to provide reassurance for clients.

Don’t miss this informative seminar in Keynote Theatre 20 on Thursday 12 September at 11.45.

Also, you can come along to stand J31 to discuss asbestos management with ARCA staff.

Free tickets to Contamination Expo at the NEC Birmingham on 11 and 12 September are available to book online.

ARCA Speaking at Contamination Expo 2019

The Role of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

At this years’ Contamination Expo, ARCA will discuss how clients see membership of a trade association as a safeguard, and how the Association continues to drive high standards to provide reassurance.

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will highlight how contractor members need to participate in the Association’s audit scheme, which requires two satisfactory ‘unannounced’ site audits every year to maintain membership. This provides reassurance and supports clients in their legal duty to appoint a competent asbestos removal contractor.

Join ARCA in Keynote Theatre 20 on Thursday 12th September at 11.45.

Entrance is free to Contamination Expo at the NEC Birmingham on 11th and 12th September. Register online here.